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Linux and Apple a challenge

“I must tell you everything in my soul tells me that we should do what I called
plan (b) yesterday. We need a simple fast storage system. LH is a pig and I don’t see any solution to this problem. If we are to rise to the challenge of Linux and Apple, we need to start taking the lessons of “scenario, simple, fast” to heart.” – Jim Allchin

This is old news, as it is the last line in the email Jim Allchin sent that said if he didn’t work for Microsoft that he would buy an Apple. I have been following the class action that Iowa (Comes) has against Microsoft. It is interesting to see that even the executives in Microsoft, may not be affraid of their position, but do realize they are wrong. Of course Jim states that they (Microsoft) has lost their vision whereas Apple hasn’t, and in a way neither has Linux.

So my question is this. Could Microsoft really rise to the challenge of Linux and Apple by taking in the 3 lessons listed above? How does scenario, simple, fast relate to the freeness and openness that our community exuberates? Is their recent bedding down with Novell a part of their “Plan B”? Granted this email was from the latter of 2004, but recent (01/19/2007) court hearings showed that Microsoft still feels the same. Hopefully with the upcoming weeks, more information about Microsoft wanting to “whack” Dell for selling Linux solutions will come to light because of Iowa. Iowa not only grows corn, but they also take on Microsoft. GO IOWA!

On a side note, Norway is taking on Apple to defeat one of their DRM applications. Norway, as do I, believes that iTunes music should be able to be played on more than the iPod. I stand behind you Norway and wish you the best in this endeavor. Apple, just like Microsoft, doesn’t play fair, so be careful.

Now, seeing that other countries are doing their part fighting off the giants, maybe it is time that Mr. Bush shoves a bomb up his ass (don’t flame me, I voted for him twice damnit) instead of Baghdad, and let’s go after these giants here in the US. Come on Congress, wake up and smell the Open Source ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet senators would go for Linux and Open Source if we were to put a few extra million dollars in their pockets (little do they know that Linux and Open Source would save them money, in turn putting more money in their pockets). Since when has the mafia moved from Chicago and New York to D.C.?

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